According to statistics in the UK, an ambulance response time is anywhere from 8 minutes to 19 minutes from the time a 999 call is placed.
Of course this figure relies heavily on traffic, circumstance, geography and weather – put this all into context when your vital organs could be being starved of much needed oxygen after a serious accident.
The answer could be oxygen therapy.
Oxygen is usually one of the first elements administered by the first responders to an emergency or injury situation, especially those with cardiac emergencies and low levels of oxygen. Oxygen is adamant to maintain human life.
Supplemental oxygenation can be critical in determining the outcome of a situation and can prove to be the vital factor in whether a patient survives and recovers fully.
The Care Quality Commission says: 'Current resuscitation guidelines emphasise the use of oxygen, and this should be available whenever possible. Oxygen is considered essential in dealing with certain medical emergencies e.g. acute exacerbation of asthma and other causes of hypoxaemia; if the practice does not have oxygen they are unlikely to be able to demonstrate they are equipped for dealing with emergencies.'
The OxySure Model 615 Base System is a unique, no prescription required piece of equipment which provides emergency oxygen and has been designed so that a bystander with little or no first aid experience can help administer oxygen to anyone requiring it.
For some people, additional oxygen is an everyday requirement and the units like the OxySure Model 615 system is the perfect instrument for supplying much needed oxygen via easy to replace cartridges.
If it is not an everyday requirement, additional oxygen should continue to be administered until the patient is able to oxygenate normally via room air.
If you have any queries regarding the oxygen therapy equipment we have available, you can always give our friendly defibshop team a call on our Freephone number 0800 470 4847 or fill out one of our contact forms and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Interested in some of our other recently added diagnostic equipment? We have a new range of pulse oximeters now available which are simple gadgets used for measuring oxygenation within the body.